Author Archives: R. Hanninen

New PM in Finland; she is 34 (the world’s youngest.)

Finland has a new government, headed by Social Democratic Party vice chair, Sanna Marin. The administration is Finland’s 76th. At just 34 years old, Marin, the former Minister for Transport and Communications, is now the world’s youngest premier. Her cabinet … Continue reading

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FINNISH BREAKFAST! Saturday, February 22

Pannukakku Breakfast: Oven pancake, bacon, sausage, fruit, juice, Finnish coffee bread, coffee/tea/cocoa. $8. Loaves of coffee bread will be for sale. Artist Karen Kemp will exhibit and sell her work; Raivaaja will have an information table. Eino Kauppi will be … Continue reading

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‘Finland’s Munch’: the unnerving art of Helene Schjerfbeck | Art and design

One of her country’s most celebrated artists, Schjerfbeck is little known in the UK, but now her singular paintings will be seen in a major exhibition.. More at: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/06/helene-schjerfbeck-finnish-painter-royal-academy

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Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland. With … Continue reading

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Girl Scouts around the World

Natalie Robb, great granddaughter of Sirkka and Olavi Tastula of Fitchburg, represented Finland at a Westminster Girl Scout Juniors, Troop 64651, event held at the Westminster Senior Center on June 8, 2019. The Scouts were working for their “Bronze Award … Continue reading

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‘A miracle’: Helsinki’s radical solution to homelessness

Finland is the only EU country where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/03/its-a-miracle-helsinkis-radical-solution-to-homelessness

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Suomi on jääkiekon maailmanmestari (Finland Wins Hockey Championship)

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TWA Hotel Opens at JFK, Giving New Life to Saarinen’s Flight Center

“We need those to pay for this,” says developer Tyler Morse, standing in the middle of Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport. “Those” are the two seven-story, black-glass buildings containing 512 hotel rooms, built at … Continue reading

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U.S. Cancels Journalist Jessikka Aro’s International Women of Courage Award

Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro, who was set to be honored with an International Women of Courage Award, has reportedly had her award rescinded after the State Department discovered she had frequently criticized President Trump on social media…More at.. https.www.thedailybeast.com/us-cancels-journalist-jessikka-aros-award-over-her-criticism-of-trump-report

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Finland’s new library speaks volumes about the world’s most literate nation

While Brits watch their libraries disappear, Helsinki’s radical new library combines reading, skills and recreation. ” In Helsinki – home to almost 650,000 people – there are 36 public libraries. “Libraries are the second-highest rated public service in Helsinki; the … Continue reading

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